Star Wars 40th Anniversary Black Series – Exclusive Celebration Luke and Gamestop R5-D4 Review
Just in time for May 4th, which is Star Wars day, I get to showcase two excellent figures that came into my possession over the last couple of days: the Star Wars Celebration convention exclusive Luke Skywalker X-Wing Pilot figure and the Gamestop/EB Games exclusive R5-D4 figure. Both are part of the 40th Anniversary Black Series figures.
As of the time of writing this and sharing, Silver Screen Toys and Collectibles has R5-D4 in stock as well as other 40th Anniversary figures. Make sure you check them out! As well, for the people that don’t want to read, there’s a video at the end of this feature, like most of my figure reviews/features/quick looks, from my YouTube page.
With this year being the 40th anniversary of one of the movies that changed it all, can’t help buy get a little teary-eyed. It’s probably because I’ve got to experience the growth of the franchise, the movies, the toys, the licensing, the world embrace and more since its inception. I also cry because I’m going to be 40 soon.
In a nutshell, with the Star Wars Celebration convention exclusive, I got lucky as hell. I happened to see the Twitter and Facebook blitz announcing the Hasbro Toy website had them up for sale. I snagged two figuring someone I knew (who know who you are – ha!) would jump on it. That person didn’t but I’m happy to say I found someone on one of the Facebook groups I’m a part of who did. Look at me: I didn’t scalp the fig on Ebay and I helped a fellow collector. That’s hopefully good karma there!
This figure is nothing more than a repackaged figure on a large Kenner/vintage-style card. They know people like me that love nostalgia would bite on figures like this. For those that don’t want to buy repackaged figures on these cares, they went a step further to make this foil card with a completely different back that Mint-On-Card colletors, like me, would drool over. The aftermarket definitely spoke because this figure has been a hit and I’m just glad I have one to have in my collection.
As you can see, there’s NO difference between the first Black Series release of the figure and this one besides the packaging and how it’s displayed in the bubble – at least to me. I’m a tad colourblind, so I may be missing something that’s a different shade.
I’m so ignorant of the aftermarket price on the original Black Series figures (most of them, anyway) because I own most of them and don’t go looking for any of them on the aftermarket. If someone wanted this figure just to display it loose and missed out the first time, I’m glad they had the chance to pick it up finally.
The other figure I want to showcase in this feature is the R5-D4 figure that has never be previously made into a Black Series 6″ scale figure. Hell, this guy isn’t even apart of the display case that the 40th anniversary Black Series Darth Vader figure comes with (the look at that is coming soon!!) That means this little guy is special and I find it so awesome that I got him in within the same week I got my R5-D4 from Sideshow Collectibles came in and did my review of him.
This figure for the Canadian market doesn’t have the “Gamespot” sticker on it. I think that’s cool because I don’t have to piss around with Goo-Gone to get rid of it.
Seeing how I’m still awaiting for my COMPLETE (yes, I get a set WITH R2 and Han, people) to come in within a week, this is my first chance to showcase on my site the back of the card up close. As of the time of writing this, it looks like the 2nd series is only showing up in select markets of the US. That’s fine. I’m used to us Canadians getting the shaft with collectible licenses, figure availability, company dedication, resource dedication, and so forth, although we are just as passionate and would give you our hard-earned money as much as US customers.
I digress in this case, I suppose, because these figures should be hitting some time in June, according to the packaging. At this point, I have no idea what the case distribution will be. Considering the Death Squad Commander, Jawa, and Tusken Raider (Sand Person) have not been previously available as a boxed Black Series figure, I’m not sure how easy or hard the next wave will be to get.
R5-D4 looks great and is an excellent representation of the figure in this scale. I should know after just breaking down the sixth scale figure in one of my latest feature. As you can also see, just like Sideshow’s reuse of R2-D2’s body, Hasbro did the same thing here to create the R5-D4 figure. It makes sense and with the appropriate colours, it seems to be movie accurate in this scale.
Overall, I’m happy to have a cool Convention exclusive in my convention as a Mint On Card collector and it didn’t cost me the insane Ebay prices it’s going for. I’m also happy I helped another collector out. I will also state again I like the job Hasbro did with R5-D4 and it’s another welcome addition to my Black Series collection. Stay tuned for the 40th anniversary first series blow-out sometime next week and keep watching Silver Screen Toys and Collectibles’ social media and site for information on how you can secure your Series 2 40th anniversary figures.
Enjoy the video below!!